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The Crossways (Time Captives) (Volume 2) Paperback – October 19, 2015
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Morgan Elizabeth Huneke is a homeschool graduate who lives in Georgia. She has enjoyed creating characters and writing stories since early childhood. Her other interests include reading, playing the piano and violin, and politics. She is the author of Across the Stars and The Experiment. To learn more about Morgan and her work, visit: www.morganhuneke.com or www.morganhuneke.blogspot.com
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The Time Captives have escaped from the dungeon of Crannig Castle and are further helped by descendants of those George and Abigail rescued nearly 150 years previous. They are all now heading to the island where King Harold's heir is imprisoned.
Due to the circumstances in his life, Adriel is questioning where he will go after death. If you remember Emily, one of the four Hubbard Time Captive siblings from the year 2000, you will know what a truly obnoxious and rebellious teenager she was. Is she softening up as she also questions life in the terms of eternity?
WARNING: This book delves into several time periods so it can sometimes be a little hard keeping everything straight in your head as you are provided information on a certain character in the different times! This book tells us Eleanor's story, a Time Captive from 1940 who managed to stay free for many years. How did she do that?
In order to free the rightful king, the children learn that they have to open the Crossways. What instructions do the children discover upon reaching their destination? Why do they have to backtrack? Why does the pirate ship not annihilate them when given the opportunity? Who is Twyla? What important role must Adriel play? Who is the traitor/double crosser amongst them? What is the Redona?
This, the second book in the trilogy, is WAY more exciting than the first. There is more fantasy involved as well as some realistic historical fiction and it has a faster pace, albeit swinging back and forth in time. The book is well-written and we are enjoying reading the series aloud as a family. Highly recommended. I purchased this book for my Kindle. I was not required to write a review but chose to do so. Thanks, Liz
One will hit the ground running when he picks up The Crossways. The characters are much more developed and seem like old friends. The many plots twist and turn and start winding up into one magnificent story. The morals are so much deeper, and the message that Morgan has wound into her tale is still resounding deep within me. You MUST read The Crossways...after Creighton Hill, of course. Morgan's writing just keeps getting better and better. I was very sad when I came to the final page.
Buy it, read it, enjoy it, and let it stay with you throughout the years. You won't be disappointed.
I received a free e-book from the author in exchange for my honest review. Thanks so much, Miss Huneke!
While this series still doesn't quite make it to my "favorites of all time" shelf, it has the distinction of being one of the most unique portal fantasies I've ever read. Fourteen children, not all from one time, but all from the same family, had been brought to the world of Calhorz, in twenty-year increments, and frozen at the age of twelve, thus earning themselves the name "Time Captives." Now that they're all here, things are finally set in motion and they can begin freeing the land from the oppressive Strytes, starting with rescuing the true king, who is trapped on an island by a thing called the Bresmi, which can only be deactivated by a thing called the Redona, which is hidden a place called the Crossways. Lots of fun adventure going on there, as they escape from the Crannig Castle dungeon, and make their way across the sea.
But the true heart of this story is Adriel. A slave of the strytes, Adriel's life has anything but easy, and he's earned the title of a rebellious slave. The one bright point in his life is his younger sister, Rae, his only remaining family member - but even she is stripped from him when they're both sold, she to be a playmate to a young stryte, he to be a gladiator. His struggle with faith is so real and raw ... it might have brought tears were I a more emotional reader.
The backstory involving Eleanor was also intriguing, and heartbreaking, though I honestly wanted to throw her against the wall and tell her to wake up and count her blessings. Still, as her arc isn't finished yet, I suppose I can withhold my judgement a wee bit longer.
Worldbuilding was exciting. The author took more of a scientific approach to the fantasy world, which is something I always enjoy, and the world itself was such a delightful mix of eras, and peopled with interesting races. I enjoyed getting to know more about the world.
And ... I really don't have anything negative to say about the book (beyond throwing Eleanor against that wall). The writing style is a bit stiff, but it's been a vast improvement since the author's first book. Since I had the opportunity of beta reading the story, I was able to bring the issues I had directly to the author, and she dealt with them for the final version.
In short, this is a sweet little story that is another wonderful addition to the portal fantasy genre, and one that kept me up way past my bedtime reading multiple times. (And has me up way past my bedtime writing this review!) I enjoyed reading it both times, and I wish I had had this series back in my pre-teen years.